Anya Rivtis, Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty, sits down with us on this episode of the Real Estate Moguls Podcast.
Born in the Ukraine, Anya immigrated to Chicago with her family when she was about eight-years-old. Though she grew up in the Northwest Suburbs, the city was always calling her name.
After school, Anya got her start in the mortgage business starting off as an assistant helping with both pre- and post-closings. Eventually she worked her way up to become a partner of her own firm in Rosemont. Then the market crash of 2008 happened.
“From there on out, I worked a lot of sales and event management type of jobs and ended up working at Macon Construction for President and Senior Vice President of the company. It was wonderful. I worked on projects like the Hayden out in the West Loop and did a lot of community meetings and met with aldermen. It still wasn't exactly where I needed to be. And I felt that I needed to spread my wings and fly a little bit more. I decided that Real Estate was a passion.”
Anya talks about how the biggest draw going into Real Estate was the opportunity to be her own boss and be in control. A goal of hers has always been to have a career where she doens’t have to sit in an office. She says most people like to talk about the freedom and flexibility Real Estate offers and while that’s true, “in order to succeed and in order to grow, you have to put in 200% at a time to grow that business.”
Having the mortgage foundation in her career gave her the financial background to truly help her clients make the right decisions and understand what it takes to really buy a home.
“I always like to educate my clients as best as I can, but also for me, being a realtor it's not just opening a door, it's allowing someone to create a home.”
Anya goes on to discuss the trends she’s seen in the market as a result of the pandemic. She mentions that while in general, not much has changed in terms of their desire to own a home, the pandemic has certainly changed “how people look at homes, look at space, look at what their needs are.”
For her, at the end of the day, it’s about making a personal connection with her clients and helping them find the place they could raise their kids in, have parties and entertain in, a place where “they can grow as individuals.”
“When you walk into a home with your client and you see their eyes start to sparkle and that little smile comes out and you're like, this is it, we found the right one. We've hit the jackpot here.”
Tune in to this episode of the Real Estate Moguls Podcast to hear more about Anya’s story, her passion behind Real Estate, and more.